Past Exhibitions Archive

Individual pages for each exhibition are currently under construction.

Exhibitions at the Fowler Museum before 2000



Bogolanfini: the Mud Cloth of Mali
Wrapped in Pride: Ghanian Kente and African American Identity
Threads of Light: Chinese Embroidery from Suzhou and the Photography of Robert Glenn Ketchum
Walk in Splendore: Ceremonial Dress of the Minangkabau of Indonesia
Class Quilts, L.A., 1998-99
Castoff/Outcast: Living on the Street (The Cast-Off Recast: Recycling and Creative Transformation of Mass Produced Objects)
Streetwise: The Mafundi of Dar es Salaam (The Cast-Off Recast: Recycling and Creative Transformation of Mass Produced Objects)
Recycled, Reseen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap
Muffler Men, Munecos, and Other Welded Wonders (The Cast-Off Recast: Recycling and Creative Transformation of Mass Produced Objects)
Music in the Life of Africa (Turn up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music)



Bicycles: History, Beauty, Fantasy
Cruisin’, Stylin’, and Pedal-Scrapin’: The Art of the Lowrider Bicycle
Basketry of the Luzon Cordillera, Philippines
Confrontations, Crossings, and Convergence: Photographs of the Philippines and the United States, 1898-1998
Class Quilts, L.A. 1997-98
Corridos Sin Fronteras: The Art of a Ballad Tradition in Mexico and the United States
From the Rainbow’s Varied Hue: Textiles of the Southern Philippines
O Pelourinho! Popular Art from the Historic Heart of Brazil
Scenes from Bahian Carnaval
Beads, Body, and Soul: Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe



In the Play of Shadows: puppets from Asia
Cuando Hablan los Santos: Contemporary Santero Traditions from Northern New Mexico
Pulling Out the Stops: A Photographic Survey of Organs in Los Angeles
Festival/Organ: King of Instruments
The Fragrance of Ink: Korean Literati Paintings of the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910) from the Korea University Museum
Isn’t S/He a Doll? A Juried Art Exhibition for Young People
Class Quilts: L.A., 1996-97
Che Guevara: Icon, Myth and Message
The Art of Being Kuna: Layers of Meaning Among the Kuna of Panama



Isn’t S/He a Doll? Ritual and Play in African Sculpture
A Quiet Spirit: Amish Quilts from the Collection of Cindy Tietze and Stuart Hodosh
Views of an Amish Community: Photographs by Susan Einstein
The Women’s Warpath: Iban Ritual Fabrics from Borneo
Nagual in the Garden: Fantastic Animals in Mexican Ceramics
Sequined Spirit: Contemporary Vodou Flags



Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou
Ceramic Gestures: New Vessels by Magdalene Odundo
Coiffure Moderne: A Gallery of African Hairstyles
Crowning Achievements: African Arts of Dressing the Head
African Ceramics: Selections from the Permanent Collection



En Calevera: The Paper-Mache Art of the Linares Family
Spirits as People: Figurative Sculpture of the Baule Peoples, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa
Gift of the Cotton Maiden: Textiles of Flores and the Solor Islands
Arc of the Ancestors: Indonesian Art from the Jerome L. Joss Collection at UCLA
Fante Warrior Flags: Applique Banners from West Africa
Labyrinth of Exile: Recent Works by Ali Reza Dadgar, Payam Farrahi, Taraneh Hemami, and Shirin Neshat
Irangeles: Iranians in Los Angeles
Santos de Palo: The Household Saints of Puerto Rico
Sleeping Beauties: A Juried Art Exhibition



Royal Tombs of Sipan
AIDS in Africa: Through the Eyes of Joseph Bertiers
Textile Exhibitions at the Fowler: Past and Present
Sleeping Beauties: African Headrests and Other Higlights from the Jerome L. Joss Collection at UCLA Highlights from the Jerome L. Joss Collection



Reflecting Culture: The Francis E. Fowler, Jr. Collection of Silver (The Francis E. Fowler, Jr. Collection of Silver)
Threads of Identity: Maya Costume of the 1960s Highland Guatemala
Elephant: The Animal and its Ivory in African Culture
Ceramics of Ancient Peru






The River Shall Never Rest: Yoruba Art in Transition
Sojourners and Settlers: The Yemeni Immigrant Experience
Containing Beauty: Japanese Bamboo Flower Baskets



Mexican Art and Folk Art from The Cordry Collection
South Africa: The Cordoned Heart



The Essential Gourd: African Art from the Obvious to the Ingenious
Spectacular Vernacular
Scenes for a Raja: Study of an Indian Kalamkari found in Indonesia



The Eloquent Dead: Ancestral Sculpture of Indonesia and Southeast Asia
I am Not Myself: The Art of African Masquerade
California Dreaming: Orange Box Labels 1885-1955



Dance Occasions and Festive Dress in Yugoslavia
Afro-Bahian Arts of Candomble and Carnaval (From the Inside to the Outside: The Art and Ritual of Bahian Candomble, African Myth and Black Reality in Bahian Carnaval)
The Mosaic Image: The first Twenty Years of the Museum of Cultural History
Igbo Arts: Community and Cosmos
African Islam: Community and Cosmos



Arts of Benin at UCLA
Pelite Bite: Kalabari Cut-Thread Cloth
Nigerian Textiles at UCLA (Cloth as Metaphor: Nigerian Textiles from the Museum of Cultural History)
Asante Art and History (Akan Transformations: Problems in Ghanian Art History)
The Natalie Wood Collection of Chupicuaro Ceramics
Companions of the Dead: Ceramic Tomb Sculpture from Ancient West Mexico



Armenian Architectural Monuments
The Dutch and America
Mexican Figural Ceramists and Their Works: 1950-1981
Vive Tu Recuerdo: Living Traditions in the Mexican Days of the Dead
Patterns of Paradise
Arts of the Papuan Gulf, New Guinea



The Image of the American Indian Produced and Directed by ‘Buffalo Bill’
Body Beautiful
The Qashqa’I of Southern Iran
Aboriginal Arts of Australia
Forest Peoples of the Philippines: The Batak and Palawano
The People and the Art of the Philippines



Art of the Native North Americans (Culturas Nativaz de Norteamerica)
In Honor of the Child
Mother, Worker, Ruler, Witch: UCLA Cross-Cultural Images of Women
Santos: Folk Sculpture from Guatemala
Navigators of the Orinoco: River Indians of Venezuela
Afro-American Arts from the Suriname Rain Forest
Barn-Building and the Handcrafted: Arts of the Pennsylvania Dutch



The Watts Towers Exhibits
Agbaye: Yoruba Art in Context
Batiks: Kains, Sarongs, and Slendangs from Northernn Java
Fighting with Art: Appliqued Flags of the Fante Asafo
Masterpieces from the Museum of Cultural History
A Stitch in Time: Quilted Gifts from the Museum
Dowries from Kutch: A Women’s Folk Art Tradition in India
From the Hands of Lawrence Ajanaku: Appliqued Costumes of the Edo of Southern Nigeria



Artistic Traditions of Peru
Moche Art of Peru
The Art and Material Culture od Zulu Speaking Peoples



The Loom, The Needle and The Dye Pot: Selected Textiles from the UCLA Museum of Cultural History
The Arts of Ghana



Asian Puppets: Wall of the World



Berbers of North Africa
Guatemala: Quetzal and Cross
Medieval Ceramics: VI to XIII Centuries



Death’s Door
African Art in Motion
Selections from the Sir Henry Wellcome Collection
A Decade in Retrospect



Music in the Visual Arts



Image and Identity: The Role of the Mask in Various Cultures



Black Gods and Kings: Yoruba Art at UCLA



Armenia: A Millennium of Culture, Xth to XXth Centuries
Ceramics: Form and Technique



Swiss Folk Art
The Balkans: Costumes and Folk Art from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Yugoslavia and Romania
The Near East in UCLA Collections



Ralph C. Altman Memorial Exhibition
The George G. Frelinghuysen Collection at UCLA
Key Monuments of African Art
The Natalie Wood Collection of Pre-Columbian Ceramics from Chupicuaro, Guanajuato, Mexico, at UCLA



Cameroon Grassland Art
Australian Aboriginal Bark Painting
Art of New Guinea: Sepik, Maprik and Highlands



Christmas in Latin America
Yarn Painting: Work by the Huichol Indians of Mexico
Kilims: Rugs from Anatolia, Turkey
Lithuanian Folk Arts



Masterpieces from the Sir Henry Wellcome Collection at UCLA



Balega and Other Tribal Arts from the Congo



Primitive Arts